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The Abyss

The Abyss

A Feature film by André Delvaux

Produced by La Nouvelle Imagerie

Release in France : 13/05/1988

    Synopsis

    In the sixteenth century, Spain occupies Flanders, an Inquisition enforces the faith. Aging writer and philosopher, Zénon Ligre, comes to Bruges using a false name and papers to serve as a physician to the poor, establishing a clinic and steam bath. His methods and opinions are outside the mainstream, but he has the protection and friendship of the local Prior. Zénon, an aristocrat with a degree in canon law, lives humbly. He learns of bacchanals under Masonic signs involving monks and women, and he warns those involved. The Prior is dying, and he urges Zénon to flee to England. Zénon burns his writing. Will he leave or will he face ecclesiastical accusers and, perhaps, the stake?

    Actors (23)

    Production and distribution (3)

    Executive Producer :

    La Nouvelle Imagerie

    Film exports/foreign sales :

    MK2 Films (ex MK2), Diaphana Films

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    International releases (2)

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    Full credits (13)

    Executive Producers :

    Jean-Claude Batz, Philippe Dussart, Jean Rouilly

    Screenwriters :

    André Delvaux, Marguerite Yourcenar

    Sound recordists :

    Henri Morelle, Antoine Bonfanti

    Assistant Editor :

    Jean-Pierre Besnard

    Production Designers :

    Françoise Hardy, Claude Pignot

    Foley artist :

    Daniel Couteau

    Sound mixers :

    Jean-Paul Loublier, Miguel Rejas

    Author of original work :

    Marguerite Yourcenar

    Director of Photography :

    Charlie Van Damme

    Editors :

    Albert Jurgenson, Nadine Muse

    Continuity supervisor :

    Jacqueline Gamard

    Music Composer :

    Frédéric Devreese

    Costume designer :

    Agnès Evein

    Technical details

    Feature film

    Genres :

    Fiction

    Sub-genre :

    Drama

    Themes :

    History

    Production language :

    French

    Coproducer countries :

    France, Belgium

    Original French-language productions :

    Unknown

    Production year :

    1988

    French release :

    13/05/1988

    Runtime :

    1 h 57 min

    Current status :

    Released

    Visa number :

    66641

    Visa issue date :

    05/05/1988

    Approval :

    Unknown

    Production formats :

    35mm

    Color type :

    Color

    Aspect ratio :

    1.77

    Posters (1)

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    Festival Selections

    Cannes International Film Festival - 1988

    Cannes International Film Festival (France, 1988)

    Selection

    Official Competition